Boys Basketball

Benson gets back to prominence with win

Bend, Wilsonville, Corvallis reach semifinals, too
Staff Report

In their first year at Class 5A, the Benson Techmen ended years of frustration by advancing to the state tournament semifinals with a win over Mountain View Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Benson, which has won five state titles at the large-school classification, hasn't reached the state tournament portion of the playoffs since 2006 and hasn't played into the semifinals since 2001 when it lost to Churchill in the Class 4A final.

The semifinals are entirely new this year as Class 5A seeks a new champion after three years of dominance by Jefferson. Corvallis, Wilsonville and Bend also played into the semis. Of the four semifinalists, only Bend has never won a title.




Underdogs rule 3A, 2A, 1A boys title games

Horizon Christian, Western Mennonite, Siletz Valley score upsets
Staff Report

Horizon Christian capped another memorable season with its second Class 3A boys basketball title with a 58-44 win over Dayton in the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires tournament at Marshfield High in Coos Bay.

Junior Jordan Tebbutt scored 20 points and sophomore Wyatt Houston added 13 for the Hawks, who avenged a loss to Dayton in the West Valley League tournament title game.

In the Class 2A final, Western Mennonite beat Central Linn 58-52 at the Pendleton Convention Center to earn the school its first title. Pierre Zook scored 31 points in just 24 minutes and the Pioneers avenged two regular-season losses to Central Linn.

In the Class 1A final, Siletz Valley got 27 points from Jake Carr and 22 points and 12 rebounds from Erick Rice in its 70-56 win over The Triad in the title game at Baker High School. The title is the first for the Warriors, who avenged three earlier losses to league rival McKenzie in the semifinals.



Horizon Christian 58, Dayton 44


Sheridan 41, Blanchet Catholic 29


Santiam Christian 51, Valley Catholic 46




Western Mennonite 58, Central Linn 52


Knappa 70, Enterprise 56


North Douglas 42, Days Creek 40




Siletz Valley 70, The Triad 56


McKenzie 51, Horizon Christian 35


Crane 50, Damascus Christian 48

Jesuit rolls toward a historic title

Jefferson's title run ends at Milwaukie, Central ready for 4A repeat
By Cliff Pfenning,

Two-time defending Class 6A state champion Jesuit roared into the state tournament with a convincing 82-43 win over Sunset Friday and will attempt to become the first large school to win three straight titles beginning Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Class 5A will crown a new champion after three years of dominance by Jefferson, which lost 70-49 at Milwaukie. Class 5A’s top-seeded teams: Bend and Corvallis; both won and will begin Wednesday at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

For Milwaukie, which moved to Class 5A this year, it's the first trip to a state tournament since 1991.

Class 4A defending champion Central will be part of the state tourney at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. Central lost to Brookings-Harbor, 52-49, in 2009, otherwise it would be trying to win its third straight title.

Jesuit’s third win over its Metro League rival improved it to 23-2, including two playoff wins by an average of 35.5 points. The Crusaders play Roseburg at 1:30 p.m. in the opening game of the eight-team tournament at the Rose Garden.

Roseburg beat North Salem 67-50 Friday, and improved to 17-6. The Indians won their playoff games by an average of 17.5 points.

Overall, seven of the eight Class 6A home teams won, including North Medford’s three-overtime win against Barlow, 76-69. In Class 5A and 4A, all the home teams won.


OSAA Playoffs

Friday Results


SOUTH MEDFORD 70, Grant 55

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 68, Clackamas 60

JESUIT 82, Sunset 43

West Linn 63, LAKE OSWEGO 51

LINCOLN 59, Sheldon 44

NORTH MEDFORD 76, Barlow 69 (3 OT)

ROSEBURG 67, North Salem 50

WESTVIEW 68, Thurston 51 



BEND 67, Marist 43

BENSON 65, Pendleton 54

CORVALLIS 68, Sandy 51

CRESCENT VALLEY 54, North Eugene 48

MILWAUKIE 70, Jefferson 49

MOUNTAIN VIEW 58, Sherwood 52

WILSONVILLE 52, West Albany 50

WOODBURN 55, Hermiston 38 



MAZAMA 50, La Grande 34

BANKS 60, North Valley 56 (2OT)

CENTRAL 55, Marshall 49

COTTAGE GROVE 57, Madras 35

NORTH BEND 57, Baker 52

PHOENIX 63, North Marion 54

ROOSEVELT 63, Sweet Home 56

TILLAMOOK 70, Sisters 55

Cavs overturn Lake Oswego win streak, 69-55

Clackamas avenges a 24-point loss with aggressive play
By Cliff Pfenning,

After a 24-point loss to Lake Oswego two weeks ago, Clackamas boys basketball coach Jeff Bair challenged his players to be more assertive on offense and cut down on their turnovers.

The Cavaliers had 33 turnovers in the 83-59 loss, Jan. 18.

“It was the most turnovers I’d ever seen in a game in my life,” Bair said. “We wrote that number up on the board and kept on them every day about it.”

Clackamas responded to both challenges and handed the No. 7 Lakers their first loss in Three Rivers League play, 69-55, at Clackamas Thursday night.

Senior Brian McGill scored 22 points and senior Alex Brown added 20 to lead the Cavaliers, who improved to 14-4 overall and 8-2 in the TRL.

Clackamas made 21 of 28 free-throw attempts and cut its turnover total to 19 in winning its fifth straight game.

“We played great as a team tonight,” McGill said. “That was a total team effort.”

Lake Oswego had its nin-game win streak snapped and dropped to 13-5 overall, 9-1 in league play. Max Livingston led the Lakers with 21 points.

Clackamas led 32-26 at the half and extended the lead to 50-37 heading to the fourth quarter. Brown powered the Cavs’ offense with eight points, including a dunk to end a fastbreak and then an offensive rebound basket on the next possession.

“They were down and we knew they were going to battle really hard,” said senior Alec Breazeale, who had 11 points. “We just needed to battle harder than they did.”

Clackamas handled the Lake Oswego pressure without making turnovers in bunches.

“Our coaches had us prepared the last time we played,” McGill said. “We just didn’t execute. Tonight we did a lot better.”

With a healthy lead, Clackamas went into a ball-control offense and made just three field goals in the fourth quarter. They attempted 18 free throws, making 13.

Lake Oswego attempted just seven free throws during the game.

The outcome put the Cavaliers within a game of the Lakers in the league standings. The teams meet again on Feb. 22 at Lake Oswego, when both teams will be test again on effort and turnovers.

“We had 19 turnovers, which is still too many for me,” Bair said. “That’s going up on the board, too.”

Benson handles Jeff again with authority

Second-ranked Techmen beat Democrats 69-42
By Cliff Pfenning,

When Bryce White looked back upon Benson’s 69-42 win over Jefferson Friday night, he described the outcome in one word: humiliation.


After getting beaten and sometimes drubbed by the Democrats – three-time defending boys basketball state champions in Class 5A – in the past, the Techmen pounded their neighborhood rival for the second time in a month.

“They did that to us last year,” White said after scoring 20 points. “I think it was by 50 or something, so we wanted to get back at them.”

Jefferson, on the way to finishing 26-3 with one loss by forfeit last year, beat Benson in February by a margin that caused both teams to simply not report the score to media outlets other than Jefferson had won.

Benson, which dropped from Class 6A to 5A in summer, responded to that loss with a 76-53 win over Jefferson Dec. 17. Friday the Techmen got 21 points from standout senior Andrew Andrews and improved to 8-2 overall.

Benson, ranked No. 2, has lost to No. 1 Corvallis (69-60) and Jesuit, the No. 1 team in Class 6A (68-54).

Jefferson, which graduated most of its talent from the three-year title run in June, fell to 5-6 overall. The Demos’ previous three games were decided by three points or less. Sophomore Terrell Penney Jr. led Jefferson with 11 points.

The teams meet again Feb. 4 at Jefferson.

Jefferson led 6-5 midway through the first quarter, but Benson fired off a 16-2 run and eventually led 36-16 at the half.

Benson's roster full of quick guards and small forwards overcame the taller, but less experienced Jefferson roster through the kind of effort expected from a state title contender.


De La Salle runs to solid win on the big court

Knights overcome a key loss with defense and shooting
By Cliff Pfenning,

Just 30 seconds into Tuesday's Lewis and Clark League opener, De La Salle High lost its one true post player for the game with a knee injury.

Donta Scott, a 6-foot-4 junior, went to the bench, and then to the hospital, as the Knights fell behind Warrenton 9-4. Then, they pulled together and ran to a 67-53 win at Concordia University in a boys basketball game.

Junior Ali Liban scored 19 points, senior Brenton Douglas had 17 points and senior Will Garofalo added 12 to push the Knights to 5-1 overall.

"Losing Donta right away, that had us kind of scared," said Douglas, the team's lone returning starter from last season's state tournament qualifier. "But, our big people stepped up and we worked the ball around like we know how. Overall we played pretty good."

After falling behind immediately, the Knights responded with a 20-1 run to end the first quarter and kept the lead to seven or more for the remainder of the game. They forced 28 turnovers, and hit 24 or 45 field-goal attempts (53 percent) in their only home game at the home of the NAIA Cavaliers - the team's only game scheduled for the court this season. The Knights' regular homecourt, the North Portland Salvation Army, features seating for slightly more than 100 spectators.

Senior Reese Johnson led Warrenton (2-3) with 19 points.

With Scott out, De La Salle turned to 6-1 senior Xavier Houston and he finished with 11 points, and more importantly, 11 rebounds.

The Knights, who finished sixth at last season's Class 3A tournament, used defense and a pair of three-point shots as the key to their first-quarter run. The Warriors aided the run by missing five of six free throws.

Warrenton opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run to pull within 24-17, but De La Salle responded with a 7-0 run of its own and that set the tone of the game - Warrenton rallying, but never getting closer than nine points thereafter.

"We were always making a run, but we just seemed to be one basket short of really getting close," Warrenton coach Jash Jannusch said. "But we played them even the last three quarters, so that's a good sign for when we play them at home."

The teams meet again Jan. 21 at Warrenton.

On Frdiay, De La Salle plays at Corbett (4-2, 0-1), while Warrenton plays host to No. 3 Valley Catholic, which beat Corbett 69-46 Tuesday.


RSS feed